June 2013 Mayor’s Question Time Answers

Below are the answers to written questions submitted to the Mayor by Joanne in June 2013.

Diversity in the Met (2)
Question No: 2077 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide a breakdown by ethnicity of MPS officers living within London and outside London.

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Dean Farrer Street
Question No: 2078 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide an update, including the finalised terms, for the leasing arrangement with Dean Farrer Street?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Specialist Operations Unit
Question No: 2079 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide a breakdown of officer strength in the Specialist Operations Unit by team from November 2012 and April 2013.

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Safer Neighbourhood Teams (1)
Question No: 2080 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Can you please provide a list of PC and Sergeant target strength, actual strength and vacancy levels per Borough and per month from April 2012 to April 2013 for London’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Safer Transport Teams
Question No: 2081 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Can you please provide a list of PC and Sergeant target strength, actual strength and vacancy levels per Borough and per month from April 2012 to April 2013 London’s Safer Transport Teams?

Written response from the Mayor
The target strength for Safer Transport Teams is 1,138. The actual strength in April 2013 was 1,131.

A borough breakdown for sergeants and police constables is included in Appendix 1 – MQ2081

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Local Policing
Question No: 2082 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide a breakdown of the number of officers in Safer Neighbourhood Teams and all other teams per Borough for April 2012, April 2013 and predicted for April 2014?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Local Policing Model (1)
Question No: 2083 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please provide, broken down by borough, the expected timetable for the new Local Policing Model to go ‘live’ in every borough?

Written response from the Mayor
The DMPC wrote to you and all Assembly Members in May enclosing a letter from AC Simon Byrne which gave this information.

The Local Policing Model (LPM) will be implemented in two tranches. The first tranche will go live in June 2013.  The second tranche will go live by October 2013.

Tranche 1 boroughs

Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Havering, Haringey, Camden, Islington, Barnet, Lambeth, Southwark, Bexley, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Merton*, Hillingdon, Sutton and Westminster.

*Merton will go live in July 2013 due to the significant resource commitments in policing the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament.

Tranche 2 boroughs

Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Newham, Barking & Dagenham, Enfield, Harrow, Brent, Ealing, Lewisham, Bromley, Greenwich, Croydon, Richmond, Hounslow, Kingston and Wandsworth.

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Local Policing Model (2)
Question No: 2084 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Is there a set structure for the new Local Policing Model, if so, please outline the structure. Where this structure may vary in a particular Borough please outline the variance?

Written response from the Mayor
A summary of the components of the Local Policing Model (LPM) is available at the following website.

http://content.met.police.uk/News/Local-Policing-Model/1400011800855/1257246745756

All 32 Boroughs will operate under this structure.

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Local Policing Model (3)
Question No: 2085 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Where available, please outline the new Policing Structures for each borough in London under the new Local Policing Model. Please include,

A) What teams will be in place eg Emergency Response Team, Safer Neighbourhood Team, Investigation Team

B) How many officers will be dedicated to each team?

C) What the structure of the management teams will look like?

D) How many ward’s per quadrant?

E) Which wards will be in each quadrant?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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MPS Diversity
Question No: 2086 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

It has been reported that the Metropolitan Police Service want a change in the law to enable them to positively discriminate so that half of all new recruits would be from black and minority ethnic communities. This would ensure that the police workforce would better reflect London’s population. Do you support this idea? What discussions have you had, and with whom regarding this proposal? Are you actively lobbying government to agree to this change? If not, why not?

Written response from the Mayor
MOPAC is working closely with the MPS to improve diversity and to find ways to attract Londoners from all backgrounds to the police service.

True strength is about more than just numbers. For the MPS to be at its strongest, it must reflect, and be fully accepted by, the population it seeks to serve. That is why I committed in my manifesto to work with the Commissioner to create a force that looks more like London.

I am working with the MPS, Home Office and College of Policing to improve the diversity of the MPS through a range of positive action initiatives and through new options like direct entry to the police.

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MPS Overtime
Question No: 2087 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Can you please give figures by rank of overtime payments to MPS officers, PCSOs and other civilian staff in the past 2 years, breaking down each by year?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Screening Out Crime
Question No: 2088 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Can you please provide a breakdown of numbers of crimes and crime types that were screened out by month in 2012/2013?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Recruitment of Police Officers (1)
Question No: 2089 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

At Mayor’s Question Time on May 22nd 2013 you said “That is why we are recruiting 5,000 [police officers] in the current period and there will be nearly 1,000 more by August.” How many police officers do you intend to recruit in 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Recruitment of Police Officers (2)
Question No: 2090 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many police officers will there be in the Metropolitan Police in May 2014?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Recruitment of Police Officers (3)
Question No: 2091 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many police officers will there be in the Metropolitan Police in May 2015?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Recruitment of Police Officers (4)
Question No: 2092 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many police officers will there be in the Metropolitan Police in May 2016?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Use of Water Cannon
Question No: 2093 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

At Mayor’s Question Time on the 22nd May 2013 you said in answer to questioning about water cannon that “I cannot believe for one second that any Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service would dream of using water cannon on the streets of London without having the sanction of the Mayor.” However in a letter to me the following day you said “The actual use of [water cannon] would be formally at the discretion of the Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.” Can you please clarify for Londoners, in the event that water cannon is authorised for London who will have the final word over its use on our streets?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Cost of Contact Points
Question No: 2094 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How much have you set aside in the MPS budget this year to set up the new Contact Points outlined in your Estate Strategy?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Statistics Code of Practice
Question No: 2095 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

In answer to my question 1549/2013 you stated that “examples of existing MOPAC and TfL processes will be available on the London Datastore soon.” When can we expect this to happen?

Written response from the Mayor
We are collecting further information from the functional bodies now. This information will be published on the London Datastore later this year.

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Diversity in the Met (1)
Question No: 2096 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

How many women and how many BME officers/staff are in senior positions in the MPS? Please can you provide figures broken down by senior rank?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Diversity in the Met (2)
Question No: 2097 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please can you provide figures 2012/2013 for new recruits broken down by gender and ethnicity?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Diversity in the Met (3)
Question No: 2098 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Please can you provide figures for women in the Met as at 31st March 2013, broken down into the categories of Police, Staff, PCSO and Special Officers?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Tottenham transport links
Question No: 2099 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

At the opening of 639 building in Tottenham, you said that Tottenham is going to be the next exciting place to be in London, although I believe that it is already an exciting place to be in London. However, you also said that the area still needs good transport links, some ‘Boris’ bicycles and a regeneration scheme. Can you outline what action you are currently undertaking to improve transport links in Tottenham?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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A406 Junction with Milton Grove in Enfield
Question No: 2100 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Could you please update me with regards to TfL’s safety trials at this junction?

Written response from the Mayor
TfL has introduced a temporary scheme at the A406 junction with Milton Grove to improve the safety of the drivers turning right into Milton Grove.

TfL is currently monitoring the impact of this scheme and will continue to monitor this during the summer months. TfL will make a decision based on the results in the autumn on whether these changes should be made permanent. Local residents and stakeholders will be kept up to date on progress.

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20mph on Haringey’s roads
Question No: 2101 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Haringey Council are proposing a borough wide 20mph speed limit. Will you offer your support to this proposal?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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Cycling in Enfield
Question No: 2102 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Can you please provide figures for cycle funding TfL have provided for projects in Enfield over the past 3 years, and give details of these projects?

Written response from the Mayor
TfL provided LB Enfield with Local Implementation Plan (LIP) funding to support cycle related projects to the value of £673,500 in 2011/12; £859,000 in 2012/13 and £915,000 in the current financial year.  Projects completed include a greenway corridor serving Groveland Park, as well as one serving Enfield Playing Fields, together with two cycle routes – Windmill Hill to Southbury and London Road to Palmerston.  Cycle training is also funded each year.

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Cycling in Haringey
Question No: 2103 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Can you please provide figures for cycle funding TfL have provided for projects in Haringey over the past 3 years, and give details of these projects?

Written response from the Mayor
TfL provided LB Haringey with Local Implementation Plan (LIP) and Biking Borough funding to support cycle related projects to the value of £579k in 2011/12; £821k in 2012/13 and £520k in the current financial year.  Projects completed include £100k per annum on cycle training, £21k on cycle parking per annum and £400k this year on Greenways routes.  LB Haringey has also invested £450k over three years on local cycle measures, such as Advance Stop Lines and junction improvements. Cycle training is also funded each year.

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Betting shops and payday loan companies in Enfield & Haringey
Question No: 2104 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Many of my constituents are concerned about the growth and clustering of betting shops and payday loan companies on our local high streets; Green Lanes in Harringay ward, Wood Green and Palmers Green being greatly affected. Do you share my concern that recent changes to planning regulations concerning change of use will lead to further such outlets opening up thereby reducing local high streets as attractive places to shop and remove valuable retail space that would enable a diverse shopping experience to flourish? What representations have you made to government on this issue? Will you lobby for greater planning regulation in this area so that local people can have a greater say on the nature of their local high streets?

Written response from the Mayor
Please see my response to MQ 2072/ 2013.

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Planning reform in Enfield and Haringey
Question No: 2105 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

Do you share my concerns that Enfield & Haringey were not exempted from new planning laws that allow property developers to convert empty and unused office blocks into houses and flats without applying for planning permission? Both boroughs have developed planning strategies which carefully consider the mix and sites for commercial, industrial and housing use and this new government legislation rides roughshod over that work. Do you share my concern that this could reduce commercial investment in these Boroughs? What lobbying of government are you undertaking on this issue?

Written response from the Mayor
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

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A&E Waiting Times
Question No: 2106 / 2013
Joanne McCartney

What representations have you made to government regarding the increasing number of Londoners (including my constituents in Enfield & Haringey) that have to wait for more than 4 hours in A & E departments? Given the current crisis in A&E services will you now lobby the government to halt its closure of London’s A&E services, including those at Chase Farm Hospital?

Written response from the Mayor
I have not made any representation to government regarding A&E waiting times. My team meets regularly with Anne Rainsberry, NHS England, who has informed them that all CCGs across London are setting up urgent care boards and working on Recovery & Improvement Plans for A&E performance.

I have sought assurances from NHS England that the London’s NHS reconfiguration plans are clinically led, take into account the views of the public and proceed in a manner which minimises health inequalities and ensures vulnerable groups are not disproportionately disadvantaged.

I have recently appointed Dame Ruth Carnall, former chief executive of NHS London, to offer high-level, specialist advice to support my aim of ensuring the NHS in London provides effective services to deal with major health inequalities.

 

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